More students looking for and gaining “real” experience through campus jobs

Competition for - and interest in - Lynn’s Federal Work Study program running high

Published Mar. 02, 2009

With off campus job openings down, Lynn University students are seeking out on-campus jobs in record numbers this year. And what they’re finding on campus, says Lynn’s human resources coordinator, is surprising many.

With the economy in recession and families wary about the future, many students “want to help by supporting themselves,” says Jose Mazzora, who oversees Lynn’s student employment activities. What they’re finding in their on campus roles are jobs that offer them an opportunity to earn money and gain career-relevant experience. As a result, he expects interest to remain high for the foreseeable future. “These students are seeing not only a paycheck, but real resume material here. Word’s getting out.”

“Lynn has a unique work study program that strives to put students into positions that mirror the responsibilities they will experience in the real word,” said Mazzora. “For the most part we engage students in the day to day operations of our business.” For example, the Information Technology department employs several students who are involved in end-user training and technical support, he says. “As with regular employees we evaluate our students and hold them accountable to same standards.”

The Federal Work Study program allocated $150,000 to Lynn for the 2008-09 academic year and, according to Mazzora, the program will use every penny.  To date Human Resources has already distributed approximately 60 percent to students who are employed across campus as administrative assistants, data entry personnel and even photographers and video editors.

“The work study program allows me to take steps into the not-so-far-away business world while gaining knowledge and even some money on the way,” wrote Sonia Farrugia, a freshman in Journalism and Mass Communication who started working for Employee Services in September 2008, in her recent evaluation.

Offering real-world working experiences to students, while harnessing the interests and engagement of its students makes work study a “win-win for both the university and the students,” said Mazzora.